St Lucia Zouks ambush champs Ja Tallawahs
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC):
Resurgent St Lucia Zouks comfortably disposed of title-holders Jamaica Tallawahs to reel off their second straight win here yesterday, as they continued to salvage some much-needed pride from their Caribbean Premier League campaign.
Chasing a modest 144 for victory, Zouks cruised to their target off just 17.3 overs, with opener André Fletcher leading the charge with a top score of 49 from 35 balls at Warner Park.
Henry Davids added 29 and Kevin Pietersen, 23, as Zouks moved to four points.
However, already eliminated from play-off contention, the win was nothing more than academic.
Earlier, the Tallawahs wasted a decent start, to be bowled out for 143 off 19.1 overs, after they were sent in. When opener Chadwick Walton was busy top-scoring with 48 from 33 deliveries, Tallawahs looked threatening; but once he departed in the ninth over at 64 for two, the last eight wickets tumbled for 79 runs, with five balls remaining.
The damage was done by seamer Mervin Matthew, who picked up three for 15, while fellow pacers captain Darren Sammy (2-29) and Tino Best (2-36) finished with two wickets apiece.
Walton put the Tallawahs in good stead, adding 30 for the first wicket with Gayle, who was sedate in gathering three from ten balls before falling in the fifth over, lbw to off-spinner Shane Shillingford.
The right-handed Walton, who struck two fours and five sixes, then put on a further 34 with Owais Shah, who also struggled with eight off 13 balls.
However, Walton's dismissal - taken at deep square leg off off-spinner Liam Sebastien - sparked a slide that saw four wickets fall for 22 runs, to leave Tallawahs 86 for five in the 13th over.
All-rounder Dave Bernard blasted two sixes and a four in scoring 19 off 12 balls, while André Russell scored 18 off eight deliveries with four fours, to carve out precious runs for Tallawahs down the order.
In reply, Zouks were never in trouble, even though they lost Johnson Charles, caught at the wicket for 16 off left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori in the fifth over, with the score on 28.
Fletcher, however, kept the innings on course, slamming three fours and three sixes, while adding 60 for the second wicket with Englishman Pietersen, whose innings was a measured one, requiring 29 balls with just one four.
In yesterday's second match at the venue, Antigua Hawksbills beat Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel by five wickets to record their first win.
Scores: Red Steel, 113 off 17.3 overs (Evin Lewis, 38; Ben Laughlin, 3-7; Sheldon Cottrell, 2-14; Justin Athanaze, 2-25).
Hawksbills, 114 for five off 18.3 overs (David Hussey, 24; Marlon Samuels, 23; Carlos Brathwaite, 20 not out; Shannon Gabriel, 2-16; Kevon Cooper, 2-22).